Development Brief Details

Fort St. Elmo & Environs Development Brief

Approval date 27-12-2011

1. Background

Fort St. Elmo is one of the most significant historic landmarks in Malta (Map 1). It occupies a strategic position at the tip of the Sceberras peninsula upon which the Order of St. John founded the city of Valletta. From a military point of view it was crucial
in safeguarding access to the Marsamxett and Grand Harbours, on both sides of Valletta. The original Fort was constructed by the Knights in the mid-sixteenth century and it played an important role not only during the Great Siege of 1565 but even in the twentieth century during World War II.

2. Documents